Thursday, March 14, 2013

Book Review: Divergent by Veronica Roth

Title: Divergent
Author: Veronica Roth
Series: Divergent #1
Publisher: Katherine Tegen
Publication Date: May 3, 2011
Length: 487 Pages
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In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue--Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is--she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.
During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles to determine who her friends really are--and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes infuriating boy fits into the life she's chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she's kept hidden from everyone because she's been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers a growing conflict that threatens to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves . . . or it might destroy her.
Debut author Veronica Roth bursts onto the literary scene with the first book in the Divergent series--dystopian thrillers filled with electrifying decisions, heartbreaking betrayals, stunning consequences, and unexpected romance.

I have been hearing about Divergent for a while now, especially when Insurgent came out. I heard wonderful things, but never seemed to have the time. After experiencing all the awesomeness that is Divergent, I am sad it took me this long to read it. There are so many things I loved about Divergent. 

Beatrice Prior knows she does not quite fit into Abnegation, because she cannot always be selfless. Beatrice does not want to choose another faction, because that would mean cutting her family from her life permanently. Can she live with not being herself to keep her family, or does she choose to act for herself. No matter what she chooses, she must pass the initiation or face being factionless and living on the streets. 

After her decision, Beatrice becomes Tris, and starts on her journey. She must keep her secrets well hidden, or she risks something worse than being factionless, she risks her own life. The only one she seems to trust is someone she is not sure she should, Four her training instructor. Four is a mystery that Tris wants to unravel, but is not sure if she can. 

Even with everything I heard about Divergent, it was so much more than expected. I did not see a lot of the storyline coming, but I love that it was so unpredictable. The amount of details however tiny were paid very close attention to create a story woven unlike any other. I am in love with the story and cannot wait until I have the pleasure of reading Insurgent. 

**Unabridged Bookshelf borrowed this book from the local library**

I think I would probably end up in Amity or maybe Erudite.
Which faction would you choose??

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1 comment:

micky johnson said...

I don't know if I'll continue with the series or not. People have said the second is better.

micky of Automotive Body Shops

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